Review: Free! Eternal Summer – Collector’s Edition

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Such is the ubiquity of Free! that it’s difficult to think of simply as an anime or Koji Ohji’s light novel series, rather a franchise in the upper echelons of fandom that has snowballed into a marketing monolith. Yet outside the commodity is a potent yarn of determination, perseverance and friendship that are the core […]

Update: Come face to face with team Shiratorizawa in new preview of Haikyu!! season 3

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On “Haiku Day” in Japan (August 19th or 8/1/9, pronounced ha/i/ku), or, going with an alternate pronunciation, Haikyu!! day, a Nico webcast celebrated with the release of a second promo video for season three. This one introduces us to Karasuno’s forbidding adversaries, the Shiratorizawa volleyball team. On July 18th, Shonen Jump magazine announced seven additions to the cast of Haikyu!!’s third series, […]

Review: Haikyu!! Season 1 Collection 2

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The second collection of the hit volleyball anime picks up in the midst of vigorous training under coach Keishin Ukai’s tough love approach, whipping the Karasuno boys into shape ahead of the interscholastic preliminaries where only one team in 60 makes it through to the nationals. In between bouts of ball-time, the team talk strategy […]

Review: Haikyu!! Season 1 Collection 1

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From gawky soccer player to volleyball upstart, short-stuff Shoyo Hinata goes into his first and only official game of middle school a ball of nervous energy and infectious enthusiasm. Like a kid with his face pressed up against a shop window at Christmas, Sho watched the ‘Tiny Giant’ dominate the court three years before. Without […]